Two US warships transits Taiwan straits, first since Pelosi visit to Taiwan
The U.S. Navy is transiting two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, in the first such transit publicised since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier in August, which has led to tensions.
“The USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville are conducting a routine transit,” the U.S. 7th Fleet said. “The cruisers transited through a corridor in the Strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State,” the statement read.
China conducted many military exercises in the strait as it sought to punish Taiwan after Pelosi visited the self-ruled island against Beijing’s threats.
The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has sent many warships sailing in the Taiwan Strait and waters surrounding Taiwan since Pelosi’s visit, as well as sending warplanes and firing long-range missiles.
It views the island as part of its national territory and opposes any visits by foreign governments as recognizing Taiwan as its own state.
The U.S. regularly sends its ships through the Taiwan Strait as part of what it calls freedom of navigation maneuvers.
Meanwhile the Eastern Theater Command of the PLA said on Sunday that it is on high alert and ready to thwart any provocation as the two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Straits.
“The PLA Eastern Theater Command has followed and closely monitored the warships,” Senior Colonel Shi Yi, PLA Eastern Theatre Command spokesman said in a statement.
Source US 7th Fleet
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